By Bruce Edwin
The most beautiful actresses of our time not only bare their beauty on screen with their presence, but the living greats of our generation, which we here salute, also bare their soul. A great actor, like a great script, can make us laugh or cry. And these TOP 10 HOTTEST ACTRESSES OF OUR TIME made this elite list not only for their looks, but for their ability to move us in ways that only a great actor can; with their voice, their figure, their actions, and of course, with their face, and its every expression and nuance. While our industry is filled with plenty of amazingly talented and beautiful stars, these women are at the pinnacle, the forefront of greatness and all it embodies in Hollywood. They above all others are the reason why men and woman alike intrigue or obsess about Hollywood. They are Hollywood, in its greatest form.
Having been compared with some of the greatest legends of the silver screen by some of the toughest critics in the world, Anne Hathaway is charming, sexy, and undeniably talented. Hailed by many as the Audrey Hepburn or Judy Garland of our time, the incomparable Anne Hathaway is a legend in her own right. Dancing, singing, performing comedic musical numbers, and of course acting- Anne Hathaway does it all on stage and screen- as one of the most gifted and lovable stars of our time.
Born November 12th, 1982 in Brooklyn, New York, young Anne wanted to be act in local plays. Although her mother had done the same, her parents discouraged it. “They wanted me to have a normal life,” she reportedly stated. “I think I was raised in a solidly upper-middle class family who had really strong values and excess (like partying hard) was not one of the things that my family put up with.” Anne reveals. Yet, with regard to her passion for acting, the teenager got her way. Her mom and attorney dad gave in, as Anne studied a half a year at around fourteen with a renowned theatre group in New York. She was now hooked. Only two years later, at sixteen, she landed the starring role in the TV series GET REAL. Although the show only lasted one season- in no part due to Anne’s work, she had some creds. Attending Vassar College, Anne majored in English and minored in women’s studies, later transferring to NYU’s experimental Gallatin School of Individualized Studies. Of school, she states, "College is such a unique time because you're learning a little bit how to be an adult. You're learning how to take care of yourself without parental influence, and you're exposed to so many great minds. I feel like I didn't even know how to think until I got to college." But still, while some other students were party hopping and crunching for exams, Anne went and got a role in a little film called THE PRINCESS DIARIES, opposite Julie Andrews. The massively successful blockbuster grossed over one hundred million dollars, and made Anne Hathaway a household name. Roles followed which included NICHOLAS NICKELBY, and THE PRINCESS DIARIES 2: ROYAL ENGAGEMENT.
Still very young, Anne was also a bit insecure. "I spent a lot of time in the early part of my career staying within the same realm with a lot of my film choices. I don't regret that, considering that my first movie was a very popular film. So, all of a sudden, I had opportunities, I had attention, I had buzz and heat and all those things that people tell you -you are supposed to work for and I didn't know if I could act.” She could.
Other films of Anne included THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN, THE CAT RETURNS, HOODWINKED, and ELLA ENCHANTED. Of the latter film, Anne tells USA Today, “We're bringing fairy tales to a new generation. All of a sudden, there's these real characters girls have to look up to...We've all seen Cinderella be the good, sweet girl who's kind of worshiped for her beauty, and that's kind of boring. But if you can give her a brain and a personality and a point of view, that just makes the story more enjoyable." But Anne next moved away from family films and animation, and decided to show another side of her acting- and show more of her – ‘attributes.’ The film was HAVOC, her first topless role, and tabloids were abuzz. The lauded BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN followed, where she again did a nude scene in the award winning film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book of the same name. “I'm more proud of that film than anything I have created,” she stated. And in case anyone thought she had any regrets of the move into more sexy roles, Anne later appeared on the red carpet in one particularly eye catching top – see through. One thing was for sure, Anne Hathaway was not about to be ignored, and for good reason, she was incredibly talented- knew she belonged in Hollywood- and was here to stay. Of the shift, Anne stated, “Films are letting me get older, which is really nice, because there was always this fear of what happens when I stop being a teenager. But for everyone else, it was kind of a sharp left.”
In THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, Anne Hathaway won new audiences over with fervor. The film- again like the novel of the earlier Brokeback Mountain – was a smash hit. At a mere 23, Anne Hathaway-like never before – had proven herself. Still, she remained humble. In ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY she stated "Acting against [Meryl Streep] was like taking a cold bath of terror every day. I was always ready to wet my pants." She later starred in the biopoc BECOMING JANE, during which she highly praised Keira Knightley in the other Jane Austen related film – Pride and Prejudice. “I cry terribly easily,” she once stated, “Just a minute ago, I was reading an article about Kate Winslet in Vogue, and I love her so much, I started crying, realizing how great she is and how far I have to go.” Down to Earth, sweet to other actors, and on the fast track to even greater success, Anne Hathaway was getting better and better.
In the psychosis infused clunkiness of RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, Anne Hathaway bared her soul instead of her body, and the results were – again – award winning. Her mastery of the part earned her both a Golden Globe and Academy Award nod. PASSENGERS, BRIDE WARS, VALENTINES DAY, and LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS followed. Her role as the White Queen in Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND during the same year was most grand, and outstanding. Never one to stay idle, when she is not hosting the Academy Awards two years in a row- showing her massive talent as a singer and dancer – Anne is busy over the next three years with nine new films in the works, and growing. This list here above and below does not even include all her past and upcoming TV and voice over work. The girl is busy. Of the film industry, Anne states, “I love working and I feel satisfied when I know I have literally given all the energy that I have. That being said, work is not my number one priority. I don't think it can come at the expense of your family, your friends and your significant other if you have one.” She continues, referencing the Jane Austin character Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, “I've worked with people I've known that were really competitive, but I've always said that I take an Elizabeth Bennett philosophy of life - I laugh. I love my job, but if it means hurting someone I won't do it.”
Upcoming rumored projects Anne Hathaway has in the works include RIO, ONE DAY, THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH, THE FIANCÉ, TAI CHI, and GET SMART 2. But perhaps her most exciting reported upcoming works including a sexy new role as Catwoman in the next Batman franchise; THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, and another role that seems made perfectly for her; GET HAPPY - THE LIFE OF JUDY GARLAND. On obsessing over the ideal in Hollywood, Anne states, “I gave up my struggle with perfection a long time ago. That is a concept I don't find very interesting anymore.” Look who's talking. She goes on with some sincere advice, “Be happy. Be yourself, the day is about a lot more.” Right, like another Anne Hathaway movie please. Don't miss our next issue as we reveal the next name of The World's Top 10 Hottest Actress, and, be sure to check out the other stars (in no particular order) in our archives section.
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